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Why? This complimentary service regularly peruses a wide variety of alternative and progressive Twitter feeds for my monthly Teacher Free Speech News y Views blogs. Some links make the final cut, others don't. Perhaps one might consider the monthly blog as a "best of digest". But that's not to say that the rest aren't very interesting and worthwhile too!
Indeed, my #davidchiarelli Tweet Service is often much more comprehensive and immediate. I filter out the internet porn, commercials and hater crap for you! I look for thoughtful and informative "other" sources of different news and views from across the spectrum, as food for thought. It's meant for those of us who are interested in rising above all the mediocre media lies, half truths, and obstruction out on the web as caring and concerned free speech thinkers.
Did you know that April will be the fifth anniversary of my Teacher Free Speech blogsite? Many readers have regularly followed my site for years. Others of you are new! You come from Canada, the US, the UK, Europe and around the world. I, for my part am Toronto, Ontario, Canada born and bred, and a retired teacher and union executive member too. I am still quite politically active, but independently now, strictly on my own terms. That helps me cut through a lot of the BS regretfully coming from all sides, to say what needs to be said, when it often isn't. At the very least, it lets me provide you with some interesting, different perspectives for your consideration.
Whenever teacher news hits the fan, my coverage focuses a lot on that of course. But I also provide a lot of news and views about many other progressive, alternative issues, events, trends and concerns both at home and around the world, from a distinctly Canadian Internationalist perspective. International readers might find that refreshingly different. I dare say, Canada could even be considered relatively progressive these days, when we consider what's happening elsewhere, most notably stateside in the U.S of A!
Alas! In Canada however, we too are saddled with our own brand of plutocracy! It's run by the same Neo Lib corporate elite, like in the other so called "western democracies". Change is coming at us too, like a tidal wave, from both home and abroad! Today, we are all citizens of the post modern Global Village! And there is no stopping change, whether one likes or agrees with it or not!
Some changes, like the "Terror Wars", "Austerity" and the recent "Worldwide Economic Collapse" are very frightening and worrisome indeed. Others, especially in regards to equity and inclusion, depending upon one's racial, sexual, religious, nationality or other human rights' orientation might seem very disconcerting for some too. However, as the saying goes, "No Justice -No Peace!" With more social, economic and political "justice", I still hope that in time, we might actually achieve more of the real prerequisites and prospects for a lasting, and sustainable "peace" and a chance at the "good life" for all in the new millennium.
You may say I am a dreamer. Nor am I getting any younger! However, if I am to have any lasting legacy of sorts, I definitely wouldn't want it to be as someone who fought or stood in the way of real, progressive change for others in the years ahead.
Nothing is ever for certain! However, with the world wide web including blogs and tweets, we can now share information in the form of news and views unlike never before! As teachers know, education can provide opportunities. It can be a leveler in creating the possibility of a better world for all. Human nature might mean folks will not necessarily choose to learn, use the info at their disposal constructively or for that matter even care, but as a teacher I have always believed that it is the best and perhaps only chance we really have.
Over the course of my career as a teacher unionist, I always hoped like many others that someday we could have our own progressive news media, be it a newspaper, radio, or even a television station. Regretfully, the odds were always stacked against it. With the social media, that is now no longer necessarily so.
However, it's also become very clear especially nowadays in Ontario, that our teacher union elites are still struggling with the new media reality in a typically narrow, tight, and ham fisted manner. I believe that change will need to come in time through grass root renewal and not from "on high". Regretfully, our new union media orthodoxy still sadly lacks the open level of free speech and nuanced thought that I, for one, would like to see as a well educated and concerned professional.
Therefore please note: the new motto for my blogsite, as we approach it's fifth anniversary is "Let's be the change we want to see." My Twitter Service, like my Teacher Free Speech News y Views contains the links I'd want to see reported in a better, more caring, inclusive, equitable world, whether that ever happens in my lifetime or not. For here on my site and via my Twitter Service at least -it is so!
Well, I will probably have more to say on all of this later, as I further develop my thoughts and follow my muse. In the meantime, your constructive Comments and thought provoking Guest Blogs, as always, are most welcome! My Teacher Free Speech Monthly News y Views and other blogs will continue. Moreover, I also heartily invite you to please subscribe and join me online for my expanded Twitter Service @
PS: On a lighter note, my Twitter Service also includes art, music and entertainment tweets for us to enjoy too. As we know, all work and no play makes for sad boys and girls ....!